Eagles enjoy weekend off after well-deserved replay victory

Nathan Olukumni Biggleswade Town FC 1 Oct
Nathan Olukumni

Bedford Town 1 – 0 Biggleswade

Bedford Town were without a match on Saturday, as their intended opponents Halesowen continued, although ultimately ending, their journey in the FA Cup.

The Eagles will have appreciated the enforced break though after a tough replay in the Buildbase FA Trophy at the Bright Management Eyrie on Tuesday against Biggleswade FC.

The replay followed the two all draw at Langford Road the previous weekend.

This match was a cagier affair, with both sides having chances, Bedford probably edging the first half and Biggleswade the second, with neither managing to find the breakthrough.

With no score after 90 minutes, the critical moment finally came deep into extra time when a strike from substitute Callum Milne found the back of the net, despite valiant efforts from the Biggleswade defence who probably had the last touch.

With less than three minutes left on the clock Biggleswade had little time to respond, enabling the home team to hold out for the win.

The victory means a long trip to Nottinghamshire for the next round, where the Eagles face Carlton Town.

The Millers are currently top of the Betvictor Northern Premier League – South East Division, an equivalent league to Bedford’s Southern League Division One Central.

They emerged as 3-1 winners against St Neots, also from Bedford’s division in the last round.

Bedford Town Supporters Club will be running a coach to the game, to get your seat, call Gerry on 01234 381213.

Carlton Town play at the Bill Stokeld Stadium, Stoke Lane, Gedling, Nottinghamshire, NG4 2QS. Kick Off is at 3pm on Saturday 12th October.

James Peters (right) with joint manager Jon Taylor

Before then the Eagles have another trip to Biggleswade on Tuesday in the next round of the Southern League Cup.

In the last round it took a penalty shoot out against Peterborough Sports from the Southern League Premier Division Central for them to emerge as the winners.

This time the opposition is Biggleswade Town, who are currently seventh in the same division.

The Waders play at Langford Road, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9JT. Kick Off is at 7.45pm on Tuesday 8th October.

Bedford will have a boost for the trip with the return from Cambridge City of former club Captain James Peters.

He left midway through last season and his signing will bring added strength and options to midfield.

Bedford Town lineup (against Biggleswade FC)

1 Aaron Dillon
2 Damien Green
3 Cade Stevens-Abbey
4 Ben Ford
5 Joe Steele
6 Ollie Swaine
7 Nathan Olukumni (105’ Scott Joseph)
8 Callum Donnelly (C)
9 Andrew Phillips (78’ Callum Milne ⚽)
10 Dan Walker (118’ Rafe Goodman}
11 Ebby Nelson-Addy (46’ Jack Vasey)

Substitutes (not used): Dan Benney

Words: Michael Jarman-Webb
Photos: Bedford Town FC